NAIL TO NIZHNEKAMSK?

Lowetide
September 16 2012 07:48AM

In yesterday's pre-lockout flurry, the Oilers assigned Nail Yakupov to Sarnia of the OHL. However, all signs suggest the young Russian is heading home.

There is no doubt Yakupov will be back when the lockout ends, but it does appear--based on reports and previous statements--that Sarnia and another season in junior are not in the cards.

This article contains the following quote:

  • Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk general director Rafik Yakubov: "Yakupov will be playing in Nizhnekamsk in case of a lockout."

Now this quote came weeks before the lockout and things change. However, as the article also states Yakupov tweeted "going to Russia" yesterday so unless he's decided to spend time visiting there's an excellent chance he'll be playing in the KHL soon. Adding to the evidence:

Slava is the foreign correspondent for Sport-Express, Russia's sports daily.

IS THIS GOOD OR BAD NEWS?

From a hockey development point of view, it's a brilliant move. Yakupov is not eligible to play in the AHL, and the KHL is going to be very strong with all of the NHL Russians added to the current rosters. I don't think there's a good argument against the move.

WILL HE STAY THERE?

No. Nail Yakupov has signed an NHL contract and will honor it the moment he is allowed to; it's important to remember this is a lock out and not a strike. NHL owners could have all of their players in camp next Friday should they choose.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Nail Yakupov's KHL experience will be the best available to him. Fortunately, he's famous enough to gain employment and not forced back into what would be a redundant junior season.

Yakupov in Russia? Wonderful!

 

 

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#1 dawgtoy
September 16 2012, 08:25AM
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And so it begins.

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#2 2015 Stanley Cup Champs
September 16 2012, 08:26AM
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Let me be the fist to say good luck to Nail. Hopefully we'll be seeing you back in Edmonton soon

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#3 RexLibris
September 16 2012, 09:51AM
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My only concern is the quality of players that he will be playing with. The competition will certainly be there, but I wonder about the collaborative talent available.

Playing against men is just fine, in my books. So long as he stays away from Vityaz Chekhov. Those guys are a gong show that would make the 70s Flyers look like choir boys.

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#5 madjam
September 16 2012, 11:09AM
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If lockout is official , then how can they assign anyone anywhere officially ? I don't believe they can . Also ,how can they send players to minors when their original contracts are one way ?

Perhaps they are paying some players under the table to go to where they want to assign them , or maybe owners just will not officially declare a lockout ?

How does lockout vary from layoff (temporary or otherwise ) . Are the players not entitled to U.I. , etc. ? They probably are , but i doubt any would apply . Most importantly , what happens to players after 30 days ? Do they lose all their benefits like almost all unions do unless negotiated otherwise in previous contract . I hope Fehr has shored up this grey area and will protect the players benefits . Costly but necessary if prolonged stoppage happens beyond that 30 day grace period .

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#7 OilDieHard
September 16 2012, 11:49AM
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i think this is a good move, he'll play against men and i think that will be good preparation for him playing in the NHL.

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#8 PutzStew
September 16 2012, 11:49AM
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Lowtide I don't agree with you about Smyth, MacT or a couple other things but I sure look forward to reading your through the next weeks....month....or or possibly years, as you keep us up to date on the prospects. Thanx you very much for this.

In my opinion screw the NHL and the Oilers. I'm looking forward to a season of watching the Rebels (I live in Sylvan) and OK play for a tenth the price and following all this young guys.

Whats better. Watching the Oilers sink to the bottom of the standings or watching some great young Hockey players rip it up.

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#9 They're $hittie
September 16 2012, 12:31PM
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LT,

Should look at an article about the depth of the canadian junior team this year. Is RNH still eligible.

Center depth RNH, Couturier, Huberdeau, Strome, Schieffle, MacKinnon (NM and JH would probably move to wing)

Winger depth Rattie, Jenner, Wilson, Sutter, Di Giuseppe, Danault, Lessio, Lepsic, Puemple, Roy, Hudon,(domi = long shot)

D Depth Murray, Murphy, Harrington, Hamilton, Reinhart, Reilly, Dumba, Pelech, Ceci, Oulette,

Goalie Subban, Broissoit, Legace, (any others?)

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#11 Sir Smoka Lottt
September 16 2012, 01:02PM
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LT,got a question for you.What happens if the lockout last all season.Do we still pick in the top 5 at the draft next year?If so that be nice.

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#12 The Real Scuba Steve
September 16 2012, 01:15PM
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The rich fighting the richer, just fans and businesses have to suffer this. GREED.

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#14 book¡e
September 16 2012, 01:33PM
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Also ,how can they send players to minors when their original contracts are one way ?

How is it that you have been on these boards for years and still have no clue about one-way and two-way contract basics?

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#15 DSF
September 16 2012, 02:16PM
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Dmitry Chesnokov ‏@dchesnokov

#KHL Neftekhimik General Director says Nail Yakupov may play for the club as early as Wednesday. (via SovSport) #Oilers

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#16 They're $hittie
September 16 2012, 02:52PM
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i believe each team starts with three balls. For every first overall pick in last three years you have one taken away, and for every playoffs in the last three years you have one taken away. Every team has a minimum of one ball.

Oilers would only have one ball, Columbus would have three, leafs (please no) would have three, canucks would have one, flames would have two or three (please no)

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#17 mr_nihilism
September 16 2012, 04:21PM
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Totally irrelevant to the topic at hand, but I just happened to see Ryan Smyth and his family today at Denny's Restaurant.

I didn't take him to be a Denny's kind of guy, but there he was paying for his order as we walked in. The mullet, what can I say? It's just so awesome. Anyhow I was completely star-struck and decided it was best not to bother him and his whole family and let him walk out unmolested.

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#18 stevezie
September 16 2012, 04:54PM
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@mr_nihilism

Good decision, but yeah, Denny's. Wierd.

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#19 John Chambers
September 16 2012, 04:55PM
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mr_nihilism wrote:

Totally irrelevant to the topic at hand, but I just happened to see Ryan Smyth and his family today at Denny's Restaurant.

I didn't take him to be a Denny's kind of guy, but there he was paying for his order as we walked in. The mullet, what can I say? It's just so awesome. Anyhow I was completely star-struck and decided it was best not to bother him and his whole family and let him walk out unmolested.

Really? These people actually exist outside of tv and the Internet?

Fascinating.

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#20 mr_nihilism
September 16 2012, 05:04PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Really? These people actually exist outside of tv and the Internet?

Fascinating.

I'm easily fascinated. Don't get off the farm much.

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#21 ubermiguel
September 16 2012, 06:08PM
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mr_nihilism wrote:

I'm easily fascinated. Don't get off the farm much.

Was at Quiznos today and saw a picture of Smyth from when he was there once. Obviously he likes food like the rest of us. Players are just normal guys with really really really cool jobs.

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#22 book¡e
September 16 2012, 07:38PM
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Maybe Nail will find himself a nice Tatar girlfriend when he is home who doesn't really want to move across the globe and who hates Edmonton.

Let's hope the NHL and NHLPA figure this thing out quickly...

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#23 Rob...
September 16 2012, 07:59PM
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Is it coincidence that you picked an image of Salma Hayek, an actress with prominent eyebrows for an article on an Oiler with a wicked brow? If so, extra props to you. This could be the start of a trend, with Angelina Jolie pics in every Hall article and maybe Anna Paquin for Ebs.

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#25 Poolanov
September 16 2012, 08:38PM
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Tell me that's 'Dusk to Dawn'

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#26 oilers2k10
September 16 2012, 09:03PM
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Best selection ever LT..who is that fine looking lady? About time you use pics of girls with some meat on them hips..

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#27 The Soup Fascist
September 16 2012, 10:28PM
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stevezie wrote:

Good decision, but yeah, Denny's. Wierd.

I also agree that Denny's is a weird choice. Perkins waitresses are MUCH friendlier.

Yours in golf, Tiger.

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#28 ubermiguel
September 17 2012, 01:49AM
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Poolanov wrote:

Tell me that's 'Dusk to Dawn'

Hells ya! What a great movie.

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#29 druds
September 17 2012, 11:09AM
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@ubermiguel

Yeah it is! that guy right beside her right thigh is george clooney ( lucky dog)

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#30 B S
September 17 2012, 04:33PM
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I'm not going to guarantee any sort of safety or security for the video feeds in this link, but here is a site that live streams KHL games: http://livetv.ru/en/allupcomingsports/2/

If they don't start this season on time I'm personally not going to watch legitimate feeds of NHL games for the first season they come back, nor visit any official NHL websites. I'll be counting on blogs like this to keep me up to date, so thank you so far.

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